Another day in London, another edition of the thin journalistic brew that is the freesheet Evening Standard. Except that yesterday’s paper had one very interesting item in Londoner’s Diary, at the top of Page 16.
It seems that Paul Staines, who blogs under the alias of Guido Fawkes, has been making Freedom of Information (FoI) requests on the subject of a special adviser to Foreign Secretary William ‘Ague.
Staines has written up his thoughts in a piece entitled Just Asking, which is not what he is doing. He also quotes Peter McKay (aka Peter McLie, the world’s worst columnist), who commented in Monday’s Daily Mail (last item in his column) that Baron Mandelson Of Indeterminate Guacamole, Master ‘Ague’s predecessor as “First Secretary Of State”, did not as far as is known “employ young friends as special advisers”.
What could he mean by that? What is Staines’ real reason for the FoI request? More on this one later.